This is the end of my blogging experience. What have I learned? Stan, Jennifer and Mark are great storytellers. Laci and I write more abstractly. I write like a scientist and an academic. We are an eclectic group. Did you notice that the three women are professors in male dominated fields? Laci and I have visited about the barriers we have hit in our fields due to our sex. I haven’t had a chance to visit with Jennifer about her take on being a female in a male dominated field. My male colleagues here at ETBU haven’t been (much of) a hindrance. Two have been great mentors and very encouraging. Laci and I have found that we experience more prejudice from our male students than from our colleagues. For the life of me I can’t figure out why my students can remember to call the men “Dr” but continue to call me “Miss.” I correct them each time so they won’t look like East Texas idiots when they finally leave the piney woods, but why is it so difficult to accept the fact that women can be “Dr?”
Do you remember long ago when we discussed the elements of thought? Probably not but that’s OK. One element of thought is “point of view.” East Texas is more Southern than Western in its point of view. I am more cerebral than most people in my point of view. I am very scientific in my point of view. I am more academic in my point of view. When I visit with my students I must remember my point of view at 55 is very different their point of view at 18-22. I cannot expect an 18 year old to have the maturity to focus tightly on the academic necessitates of life. It is my calling to help them find that focus. Many of the young people who come through our University doors do not have the skills necessary to succeed in the collegiate world. What can I do to help them learn those skills? My primary focus during this blogging experience has been to talk about the skills necessary for critical thinking. I have tried to tie critical thinking to Christ and His life. Along the way I have given great thought to how I can help my students. I have some ideas that I will pursue as time allows. Several of the freshmen students have thanked me for showing them how to think critically. They say that they have learned study skills. I’m not convinced that they have learned to be master students, yet. Then again, am I a master student? I’ll keep working to be better and I’ll help students improve along with me.
Hasta la vista, y’all! —jcc